Lazy Weekend

It’s been quite the lazy weekend over here, given that 2/3 of our house is currently under the weather.   Friday night, Everly woke up in the middle of the night with a very hoarse cough and was having trouble breathing.  She had what I’m pretty sure was a Croup attack, which luckily in our case, was not serious.  We used a cool mist vaporizer, which seemed to help a lot, and I slept right by her side all night, waking up to check on her each time she stirred.  Saturday morning, she was her usual happy, devilish self.  🙂

We kept up with the lazy trend for the rest of the weekend: I put on a big pot of Vegetable Beef Barley soup, my parents stopped by for a visit, Marty grabbed some records, we stayed up late & watched a movie, and I even squeezed in a trip to H&M to pick up a few things.

Around dinnertime tonight, I noticed Everly seemed warmer than usual and tired, so I gave her a bath and once she was out and in pajamas, she reached up for me and actually led me to our bed- two and a half hours before her normal bedtime, I might add.  This is not characteristic of her at all, so I’m crossing my fingers that she’s not coming down with something else.

A few pictures from our weekend…

Hope you have a lovely week!

Love,
E

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Little Yoginis

Today was a very special little girl’s 3rd birthday party and also Everly’s very first yoga practice!  That’s right, we attended a yoga-themed kids’ birthday party at the studio where I’ve been practicing for the last few years, and also where the Birthday Girl’s Mom (and a good friend of mine) is an instructor.

We were stoked to see how Everly took to it and weren’t surprised one bit when she jumped right in with all the kids on the mats.  We can’t say that she mastered any poses this time but she sure had lots of fun and definitely seemed intrigued with what was going on around her.

Here’s a few shots from today…

The kids followed a playful practice, then decorated Tree Pose cookies with icing and sprinkles.  It was hands down the most adorable kids’ party we’ve ever attended!

Love,
E

2011 In Review

What a year it’s been!  I’ve been reflecting on 2011 and thought I’d share a few of the year’s highlights…

Everly
We went from scooting, to crawling, to talking, and babbling, and climbing in the past 12 months.  This year was a big one for our little girl; Everly tasted plenty of new foods, got to squish sand between her toes and experience the magic of the ocean, celebrated a very special first birthday, and decided she likes our bed way better than her crib.  She’s proven to be quite the fearless little girl, and not a day goes by that she ceases to amaze us with her loving and carefree spirit.

Marty & I
This past year, we both continued to balance the challenges of work and family life, but we could not have done any of it without each other.  We learned some truly remarkable things about parenting this year, and have a lot to celebrate.  On top of taking on extra responsibilities in our professional worlds, we both sucked it up and got our butts back in the gym, and are looking forward to continuing to do so in the New Year.  Also notable, I’m proud to say that I have successfully weaned Everly from nursing after 16 months.  As a longtime advocate for breastfeeding, I’m so proud and happy that I was able to give my daughter the best start in life and hope to do the same with my next child.

2012 – Goals, Dreams & Future Plans
At the top of this list for 2012, I hope to continue to live a healthy lifestyle and do things that genuinely make me happy.  More yoga, cooking whole, healthy meals for my family, blogging more, and taking a day here and there to do something spontaneous with the ones that I love.  These are the things that always put a smile on my face, yet I sometimes find a challenge in fitting them in along with everything else that goes into a typical day.  However, when I make the time, I never regret doing them.  Also on the radar for ’12: we’re counting down the days until we get to return to Destin for another family vacation, and secretly dreading saying Bye-Bye to Everly’s beloved Binky, which will also be happening soon (fingers crossed!)

Thanks to everyone who made our 2011 fantastic!  We love you & can’t wait for what 2012 will bring!  So grab a glass and raise it up, because this one’s gonna be a good one too!

Cheers!
E

Remember last year? Read my 2010 Year in Review.